Mossy landing for Frank.Before he sold his company to the big blue supergiant Blue supergiants (BSGs) are supergiant stars (luminosity class I) of spectral type O or B.
They are extremely hot and bright, with surface temperatures of between 20,000 - 50,000°C. in 2004, Aubrey Chernick, the founder and former CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Candle Software, is reported to have repeatedly told friends he would sell his company to anyone except IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) .
Frank Moss Frank Moss may refer to:
Just before Christmas 2005, Bowstreet, the enterprise web services software company that Moss co-founded at the end of the 1990s, was sold to IBM for an undisclosed sum. The deal means that IBM can now add a high speed web-services portal building system to its growing armoury of application-builder tools.
Moss founded Bowstreet using venture capital money - some $140 million - and, reportedly, a lot of his own cash too. He was well placed to do this, having sold Tivoli to IBM, the systems management software company of which he was CEO, for a fat $743 million in 1996. At the time, Tivoli had sales of just $50 million.
Before Tivoli, Moss was a senior executive at Lotus Development, which was sold for a healthy $3.5 billion in 1991 to... IBM.
This startling star·tle
v. star·tled, star·tling, star·tles
1. To cause to make a quick involuntary movement or start.
2. To alarm, frighten, or surprise suddenly. See Synonyms at frighten. track record shows Moss to be a software visionary, who respectively saw and exploited growing demand and interest in collaboration software, distributed systems management and web services. But there is another view: that in each case, the company sold was being outmanoeuvred by larger and more aggressive competitors - notably Microsoft (with Exchange) and Computer Associates (with Unicenter).
Even so, the purchase of Bowstreet, presumably pre·sum·a·ble
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. for less than was invested in the company, gives IBM a strong position in what is perhaps the biggest enterprise software challenge at present - building up new, composite applications from a myriad of smaller, plug-in services.